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“Great lunch in Carmel Valley” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley - CLOSED

Vineyard Bistro of Carmel Valley
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: American, French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 6PILOT RD
Cherry Hill, New Jersey
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great lunch in Carmel Valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

We just had lunch here and thought everything was great. This place is tucked down a side street, so the outdoor seating is very pleasant. We both had the vegetable panini, and it was truly delicious (hint: get it on the sour dough bread). The prices were extremely reasonable, including the wines by the glass. The decor inside is very charming. Give this place a try next time you are in Carmel Valley.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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4 Thank JennysMom08003
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58 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Monterey, California
Level Contributor
147 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Great date spot!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

We had a delightful dinner here. We chose to sit inside because it was chilly out. The ambiance is very cozy. The service was prompt and knowledgable. The chef/owners son was our waiter and took great care of us. He knew a lot about all the local wines. I had the pork chop witch had a great apple chutney. Next time we will come for lunch so we can sit outside and enjoy the views of the valley!

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2 Thank Surfkelly
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Kihei, Hawaii
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142 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Save Your Money”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2013

Nice outdoor seating area, very attentive service, reasonable prices and POOR food. I just don't get it. We literally walked into the wrong place. The Cork Screw restaurant is right around the corner.

Everything tastes like it came right off a Sysco Fast Food Supply truck. From salad to soup and bread to sandwiches preparation was completely uninspiring. With at least four good other choices within walking distance Vineyard Bistro shouldn't even be considered.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Gary B
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monterey
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Excellent choice for dinner out in the Valley”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

This is a spot that almost gives Rustica a run for the money. Very nice atmosphere, you can eat inside or out, excellent selection and always friendly people serving and managing. I had the rack of lamb and it was cooked exactly as it should be, not over or undercooked like it happens so many other places. My friend had the halibut and the sauce was perfect. Pricing is a little on the high side, but given the quality of both the food and the service, the nice atmosphere and the fact you can get in the door, this is a very fair deal. I like how Jimmy comes around to the table to make sure everything is ok-I think they really do care about the customer's experience.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank dave j
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california
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160 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“slow and poor”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2012

The outdoor setting was charming, but stay away from this restaurant. We told them we had a performance to attend, and they said to arrive 90 minutes before we had to leave. We did so, but we barely made our performance!

The bread was stale, and when they brought new, warm bread, it appeared that it was warmed up stale bread!

The sole was horribly mushy, as if it had been frozen and then microwaved. The French onion soup was ok, but nothing special and the bowl was small for the price. The only things that were in the good category were the asparagus and stuffed mushrooms, although there were only 5 mushrooms for $8. The mashed potatoes were over-spiced.

The place was pretty empty, and although the soup and salad came quickly, there was no excuse for taking more than 45 minutes to serve the barely edible fish and the mushrooms! The waiter did not let us know what the big delay was about.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Food
Helpful?
Thank harvey44
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